Been lurking & planning for awhile. I design/build RC planes & brew beer in my garage. It's time to add an arcade system to the mix. Only a few types of games being played, fighters (sf2, mk), 4-player side scrollers (simpsons, tmnt), gauntlet, blitz, the stuff from my youth.
I've sketched out an "Aircraft Carrier" layout. It's 54" wide, 18.25" deep overall. The CP itself is 5/8" wood, 1/8" plexiglass top, CNC cut. The framework is all 1/2". The upper CP corner reinforcements are 1", pedestal's are 1/2". I wanted a healthy amount of wrist room, so p1/p2 have 6", p3/p4 get 5" from the center of the joystick. The center of the trackball is 11" from the p1/p2 edge.
Sticks will be GGG Roundhouse with SmoothJoy switches, ClassX buttons with True-Leaf Pro switches, i-pac ultimate, & a utrak ball. All the sticks are oriented towards the screen, p3/p4 button layouts are rotated to be parallel to the player's edge.
Simple pedestal mount. The CP slides right over the top of the pedestal, where I'll countersink some screws and epoxy it together. The tilt is 7 degrees. The lower edge of the CP is 34.5" from the ground. They are not drawn in, but I intend to hinge the lid for maintenance access, t-strip the panel, and mount an under-panel raspberry pi 3 with retropie for the brains. The screen will be a wall mount 55" lcd. I'll probably add diagonal bracing to the pedestal, it's going to be abused.